Archive for the ‘Competitions & Events’ Category

Cinnamon Press Debut Poetry Collection Prize

Monday, September 1st, 2014

The Cinnamon Press Debut Poetry Collection Prize closes at the end of November 2014.

The winner will receive £500 and a publishing contract.
Up to 25 runners up will be published in a poetry anthology.

Entry Fee: £12 fee

Judge: Matthew Francis.

Eligibility: Open to those who have not had a full collection published.

For full details, visit their website.


Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

LoveAtFirstWrite is open to writers from the UK and Ireland.

Send in your proposal for a romantic novel, based around a couple’s first meeting. You should be able to describe yours characters’ first meeting in a tweet, followed by a book synopsis and first chapter (no more than 5,000 words). Entries will be read by the Corvus editorial team, then a shortlist will be compiled.

The winning novelist will have their book published by Corvus. It opens on the 12th of September and closes on the 12th of October 2014.

More here.

Creative Writing Ink July Winner

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Many thanks to everyone who submitted a competition entry for our July competition. The results are:

Winner: Margaret Magee. You can read the winning competition entry here. 

2nd: Dawn McKinley. 3rd: Dearbhla Molloy

Shortlisted: Catherine Higgins-Moore, Andrea Connolly, Jasmine Ketch-Neumann, Laura Ranson, Nemma Wollenfang, Wilson F. Engel III, Jacinta Kidd.

There’s still time to enter our August competition, until the 31st.

Dystopian Fiction Prize

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The Dystopian Fiction Prize is from the Orwell Society.

Eligibility: only open to BA and MA level students at British universities.

Send a dystopian story of up to 3,000 words in the narrative tradition set by George Orwell in his novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four.

The competition closes on the 1st of November 2014.

The winner will receive £500, a bust of George Orwell and publication in the Orwell Society’s newsletter and on their website.

It costs £5 to enter.

More here.

The London Magazine’s Poetry Competition 2014

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

The London Magazine’s Poetry Competition 2014 is now open and closes on June 30th.

Writers of all ages may enter and you’ll be in with a chance to be published in literary journal, The London Magazine which has been home to Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Christopher Reid and more.

•1st Prize: £200 & publication in a future issue of The London Magazine.
•2nd Prize: £150 and publication on their website.
•3rd Prize: £100 and publication on the website.

It costs £5 per poem to enter.

Hugh Dunkerley and Michael O’Neill will judge the competition entries.

For further details, visit The London Magazine’s website.

Writing Competitions for Children

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Our writing competition for children and teenagers is now open!

The Creative Writing Ink Young Writers Competition has two categories; 12 and under category and the 13-17 category.

The competition is open to young writers around the world and is free to enter.

We’re looking for short stories of up to 2,000 words or poems of up to 40 lines. One entry per person, so submit either a short story or a poem. Your story or poem can be about anything. It should be written in English. It must also be original, be all your own work and should not have won another competition.

The winner in each category will receive a book pack and the winning entry will be published on our website.

How to Enter: Email your competition entry to Please paste your short story or poem into the body of an email, as we do not accept attachments. Please also send a note of your age. The subject line in your email should say “Creative Writing Ink Young Writers Competition”.

Deadline: 30th September 2014

The judges’ decisions are final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Good luck and we look forward to reading your competition entries!

Creative Writing Ink Monthly Competitions

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Free to Enter.

Closing Date: Last day of every month.

Note that this competition is for writers 18 and over. If you’re under 18, check out our Young Writers Competition here.

We are looking for short stories (up to 3,000 words) or poetry (up to 40 lines). One entry per person, per month. Open theme. You can resubmit your work every month if you wish.

Open to writers around the world, of any age. Entries should be in English and previously unpublished.

Email your short story or poem to
The subject line in the email should be “Creative Writing Ink Competition.” Please paste your entry into the body of an email, as we don’t accept attachments.

One overall winner will be selected every month and the winning entry will be published in our e-journal (with the winner’s permission).

Prize: August 2014: £25 cash


Writing Prompts Competition

We run another writing competition and the closing date is the 30th of September 2014.

Again, it’s free to enter.

The prize is a £20 Creative Writing Ink voucher OR a book.

For further details on how to enter, please visit our Writing Prompts page.


Bare Fiction Prize

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

This competition from the Bare Fiction magazine has three categories – short stories, poetry and flash fiction.

Send in short stories of up to 3,000 words, poetry of up to 40 lines and flash fiction of up to 500 words.

Prizes: £500, £200, £100. Four Highly Commended awards of £25 each.
All winners will be published in the Spring 2015 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on their website.

Judges: POETRY: Adam Horovitz
FLASH FICTION: Angela Readman
SHORT STORY: Tania Hershman & Rachel Trezise, with Penny Thomas (Fiction Editor at Seren Books) as filter judge.

It closes on the 31st of October 2014. Entry fees are £5 for poetry, £6 for flash fiction, and £8 for a short story.

For more information, visit their website.

Curry Mallet Short Story Competition.

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The Curry Mallet Short Story Competition has two categories, adult and children (up to 16).

In the adult category, you can send in stories of up to 2,500 words and for the latter, up to 500 words. Stories in the adult category and for children over 11 must have a WW1 theme. Children up to 11 can write stories with the title: There are Dragons Everywhere.

It closes on September 30th 2014.

Prizes: Adult category: First is £100, Second is a £10 book token.
Children: First is £35, Second is a £5 book token.

It costs £5 per story for the adult category or £10 for three. And it’s £3 for the children’s category.

For further details visit their website.

The Flambard Poetry Prize

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The Flambard Poetry Prize will be awarded to the best group of five poems submitted by a poet who has not yet published a single-authored pamphlet or collection. Open to writers resident in the UK only.

Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines.

Entry Fees: £5 per group of five poems

Prizes: First is £1000, Second is £250.

The competition closes on September 1st 2014

Judges: Peter Bennet and Gladys Mary Coles.

For more information, visit their website.